Dec 17, 2012 12:00pm PST
, for our families, for each other. god has called them all home. for those of us who remain, let us find the strength to carry on and make our country worthy of their memory. >> we are joined by pastor rocky veech of connections church in newtown, connecticut, and pastor joey newton of the newtown bible church. pastor rocky, you were also a pastor in denver when columbine happened in 1999. what can you tell us about how a community starts to heal from something like this? >> i think it starts to heal right away with the funerals like here today. and community starts to come together. i noticed living in columbine, that was the beginning. those were the beginning signs of the healing that did take weeks after that. >> you know, this i guess is to both of you. we speend a lot of time in the media watching polls and talking about studies about religion and whether it's on the rise or the decline in this country and it all seems like sort of silly calculus after tragedies like this seeing that faith plays a huge role in our daily lives. what do you do as you try to ahempbt communities devast
Dec 19, 2012 12:00pm PST
of their own. rob cox will show us how they are working to honor the littlest angels. >> speaker boehner lays down the gauntlet. why am i worried it's not a lump of coal. >> a chilly reception on benghazi sending in an icy blast at the state department. is it more than hillary can handle? >> no holiday break for president obama, but words from a president past could offer a new path forward. the lbj connection. >> white house history is my favorite. all that and my spoken word on why another past president had reason for holiday cheer. grab some cocoa. you are in the cycle. >> if you thought the fiscal cliff was a joke, listen to this, john boehner just 45 minutes ago. >> republicans ton to work towards avoiding the fiscal cliff. the president's offer of $1.3 trillion in revenues and $850 billion in spending reductions fails to meet the tests that the president promised the american people a balanced approach. i hope that the president will get serious soon about providing and working with us on a balanced approach. tomorrow the house will pass legislation to make permanent tax relief for nea
Dec 17, 2012 3:00pm EST
of reflection and recovery. what happened in newtown is nightmarish for all of us and impossible to comprehend. there are many issues to address, guns, culture of violence and how we treat the mentally ill in this country. here we'll grapple with all of that in the days and weeks to come as america will. if the slaughter of 26 doesn't provoke real reform, you have to wonder what will. first, we have to heal. so for the next hour, we discuss recovery. we begin with the president in newtown last night. >> we gather here in memory of 20 beautiful children and 6 remarkable adults. they lost their lives in a school that could have been any school. in a quiet town full of good and decent people. that could be any town in america. >> and this last hour on the senate floor. >> i ask that the united states senate observe a moment of silence to honor the victims of the sandy hook elementary school tragedy. >> today, newtown starts the first of 26 funerals. two students will be laid to rest this afternoon. first is jack pinto. a new york giants fan. smart kid. number 8, victor cruz, on sund
Dec 18, 2012 3:00pm EST
officials have told us they have seized a fair amount of evidence in this case. among that evidence, computer hard drives, some computers, as well. they're concerned that the evidence may be too badly damaged to be able to green any sort of useful information from it but they continue to try to do that. they have discovered that he was, the shooter, 20-year-old adam lanza, he was apparently based on the evidence an avid gamer. they have also been looking at various social networking sites and does not appear as if he had a large social footprint, as well. there's no evidence right now that he was under medical treatment for any sort of psychiatric disability. they have not found any sort of medicine but they're using search warrants to try and determine whether he was at any point receiving any sort of medicine, taking any sort of medication for that and that's the latest on the investigation and what's happening right now here in newtown, as well. >> okay. craig melvin, thank you. let's bring in harvard professor, david hemmingway who says we should treat mental health as a crisis.
Dec 14, 2012 12:00pm PST
, craig. >> again, the president will speak in just moments so stay with us and they're lower the flags right now at the capitol. nbc's kristen welker is back for us at the white house. >> reporter: well, underscores the fact not just a tragedy for the state of connecticut but for the entire nation. president obama just releasing this statement. i'm going to read it to you. he says, quote, i here by order that the flag of the united states at half staff at white house and all public buildings and grounds at all military posts and naval stations and on all naval vessels of the federal government and the district of columbia and throughout the united states and the territories and possessions until sunset december 18th, 2012. again, the flag here at the white house will be flown at half staff and the other flags here throughout the capital. president obama making it clear that the federal government stands with connecticut as it endures this tragedy. and tries to cope with this tragedy. the president was alerted about this situation at 10:30 this morning by the national security adviser.
Dec 20, 2012 12:00pm PST
international markets and u.s. markets say you have to do something but they're not talking so a lot going on with no discussions between the white house and the speaker's office. >> excellent. >> washington, d.c. at work. >> well, i do want to go off the cliff. not nobody. >> you're on tv and not the halls in congress here. you have much more of a voice there. you can have more of an opportunity to shape the discussions. >> sometimes things work out the way they're supposed to. go, wiz. >> can you say that? >> we'll bring in dana mill bank. you heard from luke said there. what's going on in the republican caucus right now? we had all the stories of john boehner, how he had eric cantor backing him now, he has the caucus under control. they were chastened by the electoral results. now it looks like we're having a replay of 2011. the president gave pretty significant concessions here. i have to say social security benefit cuts are very hard for a lot of democrats, myself included, to swallow and yet it looks like boehner still can't get the caucus to come along. so, what's going on there wit
Dec 21, 2012 12:00pm PST
undercut her credibility right out of the box. i was wonder if you can unpack that for us? >> yeah. i'm afraid this was a political misstep by the democrats, the assault weapons ban while significant to many people, in fact, there isn't any social science evidence that it had any significant effect on crime. and the focus needs to be if you're going to worry about types of weapons that are sold the focus needs be tightly on ammunition capacity not the type of rifle but the number of rounds that it can fire and i think democrats would be well advised to focus on that rather than talking over and over about assault weapons. >> but, you know, paul, we can take the legislative feasibility aside for a second so we can establish the solutions that might work. the reason why assault weapons didn't work you left weapons made before 994 left on the streets. all the high capacity magazines you had out there still perfectly legal if they were made before 1994. isn't the real issue practically speak field goal you're going to do something in terms of legislation have a real impact you need to go